Confectionery Archive

Spooky Healthier Halloween Treats!

There are two camps of Halloween supporters: the lazy ones and those who go all out! To be brutally honest those in the former buy products that are filled with the worst ingredients guaranteed to ruin teeth and haunt their inner parts with colorants. Making Halloween treats is not only fun but really special (and

RECIPE: Chilli CHOC hearts for Halloween

We love Halloween and what better way to celebrate the day of the dead than with spicy chilli chocolate hearts inspired by the ancient Aztec and Mayan. They look so innocent and lovely no one will suspect the chilli kick surprise!   Ingredients: 100g CHOC Chick organic cacao powder 6 tbsp CHOC Chick organic cacao

Sous Chef’s Exclusive DIY Easter Egg Kit

Getting tired of the same plain Easter eggs year after year? Online cooking emporium Sous Chef is here to help. Make your own beautiful, edible Easter gifts with Sous Chef’s DIY Easter Egg Kit. The kit includes everything needed to mould perfect dark chocolate egg shapes and decorate them with orange and strawberry cocoa butter.

Sous Chef limited edition Lakrids Easter Egg for liquorice lovers

This Easter, online cooking emporium Sous Chef have something for the liquorice lovers – and anyone else who’s bored of the same old chocolate Easter eggs. From fine Danish liquorice producer, Lakrids, comes the limited edition Lakrids Egg. Presenting soft liquorice pieces enrobed with creamy dulce de leche chocolate and encased in a crisp sugar

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Ombar’s ‘naturally better’ Raw, Organic Chocolate Bars

“In a world dominated by roasted chocolate, not all bars are created equal. We choose raw because it is naturally better.” Richard Turner, Founder of Ombar.     What makes Ombar so special? Made with raw, organic Ecuadorian cacao, unrefined coconut sugar and real juicy fruits, every Ombar is packed full of goodness and deliciousness.

Chocolate Week is currently underway for UK’s chocolate lovers

The UK’s most mouth-watering awareness week, Chocolate Week, returned this October to celebrate the very best of fine chocolate from across the globe (12th to 18th October). To celebrate, the grand highlight of the week will be Olympia’s The Chocolate Show London, (16-18th October) which sees chocolate exhibitors stretching from Vietnam to Cleethorpes together under

Chocolate brand Honeybee crowdfunding to save London’s bees

Honeybee, the multi-award winning artisan chocolate brand made with ‘home-grown’ London honey is crowdfunding in an effort to help save London’s bee population! With funding in place, at least 1.5 million bees will be attracted to London with a little help from founder Shaun Nixon. Through using the crowd funding platform www.crowdfunder.co.uk Honeybee is raising funds to

Delicious Summer Bonne Maman Fruit and Ice Cream Treats

With summer now in full swing – it’s the perfect time to enjoy Bonne Maman’s ‘Wild Conserve’ range. Featuring delicious Strawberry & Wild Strawberry and Wild Blueberry – these two wonderfully textured conserves (with juicy fruit pieces) are not only scrumptious breakfast table staples; they have have a certain je ne sais quoi – bursting

Sweetdreams celebrates 30th anniversary and has ambitious plans for next 5 years

As the family-run Sweetdreams marks its 30th year, managing director Matthew Stephenson has outlined ambitions to grow turnover by 10 percent year-on-year by increasing its national footprint and introducing new product lines to its Choc Nibbles range. Since taking over the business in 2007 after buying out its former owners, Matthew has grown the business

Belgium’s Long History with Chocolate

When speaking about chocolate and its origins we often think of ancient cultures harvesting cocoa in Central America; of cocoa pods ripening in West Africa or being processed in the Amazon River Basin. Whilst these locations are the birthplace of the cacao plant, other places also have a long history with this sweet delicacy. European

Choc Nibbles are launching two new products in January 2015

  The UK’s favourite quirky chocolate treat, Choc Nibbles, are launching not one, but two new products in January 2015. Our best selling ‘Original Choc Nibbles’ have been all ‘poshed’ up! These new Posh Choc Nibbles are new to the market and represent a line extension for the Choc Nibbles brand. For the first time

Paul.a.young Fine Chocolates Named The Outstanding British Chocolatier 2015 In Paris

Last week, the International Chocolate Awards presented Paul.a.Young fine chocolates with the prestigious award for “Outstanding British Chocolatier 2015” at an exclusive awards ceremony held at the Salon du Chocolat exhibition in Paris. This follows Paul’s incredible three Gold awards at the 2013 International Chocolate Awards World Finals, making Paul A Young and his team the most

Introducing The New Supermilk From Hotel Chocolat

The new Supermilk from Hotel Chocolat has all the pleasure of milk chocolate and all the power of dark. 65% of pure cocoa, a splash of milk and less sugar than a dark chocolate bar. A decadently high cocoa content means that it takes just a smaller portion of Supermilk to satisfy a chocolate craving.

Chocolatier Paul A Young has put his own twist on the traditional cream tea

  Leading chocolatier paul.a.young has put his own twist on the traditional cream tea with the launch of his Sea Salted Caramel Cream Tea, available exclusively at paul.a.young fine chocolates at Heal’s. Sit down in Paul’s newest chocolaterie to enjoy a freshly baked traditional brown sugar scone served with pots of Paul’s famous sea salted

New Belgian chocolate Baru marshmallow ‘clouds’ for Christmas

Contemporary confectionery brand Barú describes their range of chocolate coated marshmallows as Chocolate wrapped ‘Clouds’, below you can see why. The signature Marshmallows, are made using a carefully developed recipe that includes real honey and ground vanilla pods to create a soft, light, melt-in-the-mouth experience. Perfectly complemented with a generous coating of luxurious milk or

RECIPE: Bonne Maman’s Chocolate Orange Pots

​Bonne Maman’s Chocolate Orange Pots are the perfect indulgent addition to any picnic this summer. Simple to make with a light and smooth texture – whisk the ingredients together and pop into four pretty empty Bonne Maman Jars to chill, then serve with a slice of orange to decorate and enjoy! Prep Time – 10

Why not Stir up something egg-stra special this Easter

Try making a special egg dish this Easter by taking advantage of the best equipment and the best ingredients available at online bakery BakeryBits.co.uk to bake everything from an Easter Dove Cake to hot cross buns. Nothing says Easter better than a fresh batch of delicious home-baked hot cross buns. Specially created for hot cross

Sugar set to be new public enemy #1

After complaining about everything from fast food and tobacco to alcoholic drinks and other popular foods; it seems that sugar is next in the firing line. A few experts on gastronomy are currently pulling all the strings to make sugar become the enemy. They want the public to believe that sugar is the most dangerous

Gourmet Gadgetry create some great fun food items for Christmas

Gourmet gadgetry are a company with a reputation for producing electrical cookware that are both fun and creative. These are perfect for those who love fine dining and who enjoy entertaining. ‘Fun Food Gadgets’ are the ideal Christmas gift for anyone who likes having fun in their kitchen, or hosting parties or looking to celebrate

Limited edition macarons from Anges de Sucre

Anges de Sucre is a patisserie based in London that specialises in artisan macaraons. To raise much needed funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, they are launching a very special, limited edition range of macarons. This new gift box range has been created in the memory of a close friend of Reshmi Bennett, the

The Caribbean paradise of Buccament Bay Resort is heaven on earth for chocolate lovers

The all-inclusive, award-winning, luxurious Buccament Bay Resort located in the Carribean Paradise of St Vincent and The Grenadines  has joined with the international British chocolatier Gerry Wilton to have the opportunity to offer guests and consumers The Experience of Chocolate: an enlightening, delectable, and entertaining course in making chocolate that will feature chocolate at the

British cakes celebrated by the new Cake Awards

Today, the 11th February, sees The Cake Awards launch in order to find and then celebrate the best of British cakes. From fine slices in tea rooms to fancies in the grandest hotels, a myriad of varieties on supermarket shelves, in bakeries and in retails food outlets across the UK, the new Cake Awards are

Blonde chocolate from France

Blonde chocolate, as distinct from dark, milk or white is the latest unexpected food product to reach us from France. It is produced by Valrhona, the French chocolate maker, and was found completely by accident, as if written in a Joanne Harris novel. The story begins eight years ago, early one spring morning. The setting

Valrhona Blonde chocolate

Blonde chocolate, as distinct from dark, milk or white is the latest unexpected food product to reach us from France. It is produced by Valrhona, the French chocolate maker, and was found completely by accident, as if written in a Joanne Harris novel. The story begins eight years ago, early one spring morning. The setting

Krave white chocolate brownie

Krave is a cereal that has been popular with children and adults for a long time, and Kellogg’s, the company behind the cereal, are about to release a new flavour, white chocolate brownie. This is something that is going to be chocolatey and sweet, and is probably going to appeal to children a great deal.

Chocolate unwrapped at chocolate week

Chocolate Week is a themed food week, which has recently begun, and it sees events take place, not just in one place, but all across the UK. The Chocolate Week, started in 2006, and since that time it has expanded rapidly. It showcases some of the incredible food in the chocolate market in Britain, a

Don’t tell the dentist but National Chocolate Week is here again

This coming Monday, the 8th of October, is the start off National Chocolate Week, not that we Brits need any excuse for tucking into our favourite treat! For those whose teeth prefer sweet treats, VisitEngland have put together a list of the top 4 chocolate experiences in England, just don’t tell your dentist. Guaranteed sweet

Fudges bakery get set for a round the clock run up to Christmas

Christmas is set to come early this year for Fudges bakery, based in Dorset, as they are set to go into overdrive on their festive production which starts on Monday the 7th September. This family based firm are bucking the current trend and are set to work around the clock at their bakery in Stalbridge

Research shows that dark chocolate could lower blood pressure

Researchers have discovered through the results of 20 trials that eating dark chocolate may lower blood pressure. In the trials cocoa powder or dark chocolate was eaten regularly by more than 850 people. It was discovered through the study that on average the blood pressure of participant’s was reduced by 2-3mmHG. The Cochrane Group’s report

Survey proves that ice cream really is hot stuff!

It seems that summer has finally arrived, better late than never, and now is time to tuck into some ice cream, the favourite frozen snack that has now been deemed sexy. The people of Great Britain have spoken and the official word is nothing gets us Brits as hot under the collar like ice cream

New Chocolate Delight courses could be the golden ticket to a career in chocolate

Many people consider pursuing a career in making chocolate as a fantasy, but an event that has been organised by the events company Chocolate Delight is going to allow guests the opportunity to learn the fundamentals about creating chocolate. It is a two-day course that is going to be perfect for anyone who is thinking about

Red Tractor logo more prevalent than ever in UK stores

A new report on the Red Tractor labelling reveals that retailers are now using the Red Tractor logo on a much higher proportion of British products than they did last year, with an increase from 66% to 70%. Building on the success they achieved with their inaugural report in 2011, Red Tractor Assurance have launched

Kraft’s buy out of Cadburys sees the Mail on Sundays prophecy of doom come true

It seems the fears of Mail on Sunday readers were well-founded, and the sell-out of Cadbury to the American Kraft Foods corporation back in 2010 was the inglorious end of a chocolate dynasty. The takeover was highly publicised amid speculation that the deal would lead to distasteful changes in the iconic British sweets, not to

Chocolate emporium comes to London

The chocolaterie that is focused on art and designed has just launched its first chocolate emporium in London at 30-32 Foubert’s Place, which is in the Newburgh Quarter. This establishment comes complete with chocolate boudoir, cafe and chocolate shop. Whether you are looking for bespoke cakes, or original sculptures, or just a small and thoughtful

Chocolate heaven awaits you in Bournemouth hotel this Easter

Easter is all about chocolate, and for those chocoholics out there who want more than your usual fare, then you need to book yourself into Bournemouth’s unique and chic Chocolate Boutique hotel. Gerry Wilton is the chocopreneur who has created the first chocolate themed hotel in the world, and a night or two here is

Chocolate may become extremely expensive

A new study has recently suggested that chocolate might become increasingly expensive in the future because of climate change. The UK is one of the biggest chocolate consumers anywhere in the world and has an unrivalled selection of chocolates in its stores. There are two main factors that could drive up the price of chocolate,

Add Some Crunch ice cream with Valentine Warner

The biscuit Ryveta and ice cream are not two ingredients that you would normally think of putting together but recently the company along with the great chef Valentine Warner will be giving you an idea of how to serve ice cream in a whole new way. The chef has created a brand new dish that

Coconutterly Fair-athon game now being played on Facebook

Coconutterly Fair is the new ice cream flavour by manufacturer Ben & Jerry’s. The ice cream makers are asking people to celebrate its launch especially as it is a product that uses entirely fair trade ingredients. The are helping people to celebrate the launch with the introduction of an exciting cow game. The game is

Feeding your imagination’ chocolate bars get gold!

Bristol, UK. 5th September 2011. ‘Feeding Your Imagination’ have scooped even more awards for their chocolate which is said to be mood enhancing… Bristol based speciality food’ company Feeding Your Imagination’ has recently received no less than four Gold stars from the Great Taste Awards for their delicious Fairtrade chocolate bars. These annual awards are organised

Leoni’s Children’s Chocolate Parties give you the chance to run your own business

If you are talented, motivated and fun loving and have always wanted to be your own boss, this could be the ideal opportunity for you to take that step. If your motivation to run your own business is matched by your love of chocolate, then this unique opportunity could be just what you are looking

Flagship soho chocolaterie from Paul A Young

The new Paul A. Young Chocolates flagship chocolaterie opens today June 14th. This is Paul’s third shop and brings his range of truffles, filled chocolates, brownies and flavoured bars to Soho. His superb attention to detail and eye for design has created one of London’s most stunning chocolate shops. He will have on offer his

Only 1 % of the population don’t like chocolate

The confectionery market has been found to be worth £4 billion and in all of Europe; the UK comes in second for the most chocolate eaten by each person, according to Valued Opinions. An online poll conducted recently by Valued Opinions discovered the kinds of chocolate preferred by Brits. Milk chocolate was their favourite, at

Natalie Imbruglia Limited Edition Eco Shopping Bag now available

Her super-slim figure is the envy of many, but Natalie Imbruglia has more than hinted at one of her favourite foods, and it’s not low calorie. In fact, she has a penchant for cupcakes – if the image she has designed for a new £4 cotton eco-shopping bag is anything to go by. The X

Magnum Temptation competition – win some top fashion

Combine a love of ice cream with a love of fashion.  From the 5th-31st of July, Magnum Temptation will be hosting an online heist.   Those who can be tempted to join in will control a partner-in-crime to raid the Temptation 100 collection – a set of the latest asos indulgences. Once pilfered, fans have

Southbank’s Easter Chocolate Festival returns

The Southbank’s Chocolate Festival returns this Easter with even more attractions and special activities, running from Friday 26 until Sunday 28 March. Included in the event will be an afternoon (Friday 26 March from 2-7pm) of demonstrations by top pastry chefs from some of the best five star hotels and renowned restaurants in the capital

Zingolo Singing about Cadbury Dairy Milk’s Fairtrade certification

Cadbury Dairy Milk’s Fairtrade certification in the UK and Ireland is something worth singing about – watch out for the awesome dance moves in this video. If you like it you can download the single from iTunes with net profits going to charity Care International.